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Peavy vs. Twins Usually Equals Good Results

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU). Starters: Jake Peavy (4-1) for the Sox, Kevin Correia (4-2) for Minnesota.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, LF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn, 1B; Viciedo, DH; Gillaspie, 3B; Keppinger, 2B; Wise, CF; Flowers, C; 
 
Jake/Minny Breakdown
 
Peavy has made five career starts at Target Field, going 4-1 with a 1.57 ERA and 36 strikeouts. All five were quality starts. Also, his ERA at Target Field is his lowest at any major-league ballpark (minimum of five starts). Overall vs. the Twins, Peavy is 4-0 with a 1.64 ERA and 32 strikeouts in his last five starts and 6-3 with a 2.87 mark and 10 quality starts lifetime.
 
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Quote of the Day
 
Peavy on teammate Chris Sale (compliments of Mark Gonzales in today’s Trib):
 
“The one thing I admire the most about Chris is he doesn’t stop working, doesn’t stop looking for ways to get better…He’s a special kid. Health-wise, if everything holds up like we all hope, he’s going to be special around the South Side for a long time.”
 
Play of the Day
 
Batting 1-2 in the Sox lineup, Alejandro De Aza and Alexei Ramirez each collected three hits in last night’s loss.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (12:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: Dylan Axelrod (0-3) for the Sox, Mike Pelfrey (3-3) for Minnesota.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that White Sox starters rank third among American League teams in ERA (3.48), behind only the Tigers (3.24) and the Rangers (3.47)?
 
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Sox Look to Give Robin his 100th Victory as Skipper

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (6:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: Jose Quintana (2-0) for the Sox, Jerome Williams (1-1) for L.A.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Konerko, DH; Dunn, 1B; Viciedo, LF; Keppinger, 3B; Flowers, C; Greene, 2B.

Robin

A victory tonight will give RV his 100th win as manager of the Sox.

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Kitty

Ron Kittle, the 1983 American League Rookie of the Year, will be the next member of the ’83 “Winning Ugly” Sox to throw out the ceremonial first pitch during our season-long Sunday tribute to the A.L. West championship team. Kitty will do the honors tomorrow night before the nationally televised game vs. the Angels on ESPN.

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Good Works

The White Sox Volunteer Corps along with Sox players Alex Rios and Matt Thornton, pitching coach Don Cooper and broadcaster Darrin Jackson were out in full force today at the Park Manor Elementary School in Chicago. Here’s Alex, Matt and two volunteers doing their part to beautify the school.

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Quote of the Day

Sox GM Rick Hahn on the club’s early season performance. The bottom line? Keep the faith:

“We did feel going into the season that starting pitching was going to be one of our strengths and thus far it’s been tested, but it’s also been proven to be one of the strengths, which is nice…We have been disappointed the way things have started from an offensive standpoint and even defensively has been a little bit erratic and not up to the standards we set last year. That being said, we do have a fair amount of guys with some substantial track records behind them which gives you reason to believe that there will be some improvement back toward those career norms. We are talking about a team that last year was fourth in the league in runs scored and there’s no reason to believe that this permutation of that team with some improvements in some areas and a lot of the same personnel in others is going to wind up at the bottom of the league in runs scored. So we expect there to be a correction fairly soon, but thus far it’s been disappointing and it’s time to get going.

“…You always want to make sure you’re doing everything you can to try to push that magic button and make that move that’s going to solve whatever problem may be in front of you, whether it’s a health standpoint, or depth or the bench or as we just talked about, our  offense. You do have to try to let things unfold and give guys the chance to show their true colors and their true performance levels over an extended period of time. Obviously you don’t wait for that indefinitely and you don’t spend the whole summer just waiting around and hoping that things are going to get better. But this early on there’s still the expectation that guys are going to return to their previous norms.”

Play of the Day

Dayan Viciedo’s two-run double in last night’s 7-5 loss to the Angels, his first game back since returning from the DL.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (7:05 p.m., CT, ESPN). Chris Sale (3-2) for the Sox, C.J. Wilson (3-2) for the Halos.

Did You Know…

…that White Sox starters own a fine 2.78 ERA during the last 20 games?

Photo/Video of the Day

In last night’s game, Alejandro De Aza gave the Sox an early lead with his second consecutive leadoff home run and his seventh homer of the season. 

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Santiago Replaces Peavy in Rubber Game of Series

Thursday, May 2, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (7:05 p.m., CT, CSN+). Starters: Hector Santiago (0-1) for the Sox, Justin Grimm (2-0) for Texas. Santiago, who was scheduled to start tomorrow night in Kansas City, replaces Jake Peavy who was scratched due to back spasms.
 
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Keppinger, 2B; Rios, RF; Dunn, 1B; Konerko, DH; Gillaspie, 3B; Ramirez,SS; Flowers, C; Wells, CF.
 
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Gavin
 
“The news isn’t always good and it’s just one of those you keep getting a different opinion to have all your bases covered because once you go there (alluding to surgery), it’s for a long time,” Robin said before the game today about the issue with Floyd’s elbow. “I think for him it’s the comfort of knowing he is doing the right thing and getting enough opinions from experts. It is ultimately his decision.”
 
Gavin indicated he would address the media following tonight’s game.
 
Scheduling Update
 
The Friday, April 19 home game vs. the Twins, which was postponed, will be played as part of a split doubleheader on Friday August 9–at 1:10 and 7:10 p.m., CT.  The postponed Tuesday, April 23 game vs. the Indians at U.S. Cellular Field has been moved to Friday, June 28, and will be part of a straight doubleheader starting at 4:10 p.m., CT.
 
The Sounds of Baseball
 
Peavy, Adam Dunn and numerous other major leaguers talk about the sounds they hear at the ballpark in this entertaining piece by ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian.
 
 
Play(s) of the Day
 
The pair of homers in the seventh inning last night–a solo blast by Conor Gillaspie, his third home of the year, and a two-run shot by Alejandro De Aza, his fifth–that backed Chris Sale’s outstanding outing in the 5-2 Sox win that evened the series at 1-1. Here are the Gillaspie and De Aza homers:
 

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Quote of the Day

 
RV on Sale’s ability to get out of further trouble in the second inning last night after allowing two runs with the bases still loaded and one out:
 
The one inning, it just seemed like there were people all over the place. For him to come out and only give up two to that lineup, he gutted through it. I think that was the first time you started noticing him work really hard as far as having to have command, having to get a strikeout…After that he was pretty good as far as being able to get ahead, keep (them) a little bit off balance. It’s a tough lineup to go through…”
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable starters: Dylan Axelrod (0-1) for the Sox, Jeremy Guthrie (3-0) for Kansas City.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that the White Sox have won 18 of its last 27 games vs. the American League West and are 66-43 (.606) since 2010, second only to the Yankees (.618) in winning percentage among A.L. teams?
 
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Pitching seven strong innings, Sale won his third game of the season in last night’s Sox victory.

 

In Peavy and Paulie We Trust

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Today’s News
 
The Game
 
Final:  White Sox 3, Indians 1
 
Highlights: The Sox snapped their five-game losing streak on the strength of Jake Peavy’s dominant seven-inning, 11-strikeout performance and Paul Konerko’s clutch two-out, two-run sixth-inning homer, his second home run of the season…Alejandro De Aza added some insurance in the eighth inning with a solo blast, his third of the year…Addison Reed recorded his fourth save…Jeff Keppinger and Conor Gillaspie each knocked out a pair of singles…It was the first road win of 2013 for the Sox.
 
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Welcome, Tyler Greene
 
Prior to today’s game, the White Sox placed infielder Angel Sanchez on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain and purchased the contract of infielder Tyler Greene from Class AAA Charlotte. Also, pitcher Charlie Leesman was designated for assignment.
 
Greene, who came to terms with the Sox on a minor league contract on April 4, was hitting .265 at Charlotte with four RBI in eight games. He has played in the major leagues with the Cardinals (2009-12) and the Astros (2012) and has appeared at all four infield and all three outfield positions during his big-league career.
 
“I’m fortunate and thankful to get hooked up with the White Sox,” Greene said once he arrived in the Sox clubhouse in Cleveland. “I’m real excited to be up here.” Here’s the newest Sox utility man:
 
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Quote of the Day
 
The Indians’ Michael Bourn on Peavy (compliments of @scottmerkin): “He’s one of the best competitors that the league has seen. He’s going to bring it every time.”
 
Play of the Day
 
In a game that the Sox needed to have, Peavy rose to the occasion and collected his second win of the season.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre, Toronto (6:07 p.m., CT, CSN+). Starters: It will be a matchup of former White Sox teammates–Gavin Floyd (0-2) for the Sox and Mark Buehrle (0-0) for the Jays. 
 
Did You Know…
 
that with today’s outstanding outing, Peavy pitched his 32nd game with 10-plus strikeouts and the third game with no walks and 10 or more strikeouts?
 
Photo of the Day
 
Today it’s video of PK’s two-run shot.
 

Peavy Looks to Turn the Tide in Tomorrow’s Series Finale

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Today’s News
 
The Game
 
Final: Indians 9, White Sox 4
 
Last Night
 
While the Sox lost a 1-0 heartbreaker, Jose Quintana was masterful. He pitched seven scoreless innings, giving up only one hit while striking out seven.
 
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All it Takes is a Tweet
 
Help “Make An Impact” and join us in a campaign to raise money for the White Sox RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) program. It’s as easy as sending a tweet!
 
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Quote of the Day
 
Robin on the Sox’s veteran presence taking the current losing streak in stride: 
 
“Nobody likes losing a game, they’re tough games. But they’ve been through the long season before and you can’t start heading down that road looking at the negative…that’s part of the discipline in baseball, to be able to put stuff behind you and keep grinding every day and thinking about today instead of down the road or three days ago.”
 
Play of the Day
 
Alejandro De Aza’s two-run homer in the seventh inning today off of reliever Bryan Shaw. It was his second home run of the young season.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (12:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Jake Peavy (1-1) for the Sox, Brett Myers (0-1) for the Tribe.
 
Did You Know…
 
that Paul Konerko (423) and Adam Dunn (408) rank fourth and fifth in home runs among active players? Only Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees (647), Albert Pujols of the Angels (477) and Jason Giambi of the Indians (429) have more.
 
Photo of the Day
 
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Jake will be aiming for his second win of the season tomorrow afternoon against the Tribe.

 

Final Day in D.C.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Today’s News
 
Tonight’s Game
 
White Sox vs. Nationals at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C. (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: Dylan Axelrod (0-0 for the Sox), Dan Haren (0-1) for the Nats.
 
Sox Starting LIneup: De Aza, CF; Keppinger, 2B; Rios, RF; Dunn, LF; Konerko, 1B; Ramirez, SS; Gillaspie, 3B; Flowers, C; Axelrod, P.
 
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Beckham
 
A fractured hamate bone in his left wrist will keep Gordon out of action for an expected six weeks. He will have surgery in the next few days. A corresponding roster move will be made tomorrow.
 
Coop
 
He’ll miss the rest of the road trip to recover from diverticulitis. Minor league pitching coordinator Curt Hasler will join the team in Cleveland to help out in the bullpen. Bobby Thigpen will continue working with Robin in the dugout.
 
Hawkins Goes Deep–Twice
 
Top Sox prospect Courtney Hawkins (below) smashed a pair of two-run homers last night in Winston-Salem’s 5-2 victory over Frederick. The first one was hit in the first inning over the 400-foot marker in dead center field to give the Dash an early 2-0 lead.
 
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True Story

So it’s much harder than I thought to get into a cemetery.

This morning, I decided to walk over to Arlington National Cemetery and then walk around those hallowed grounds.  Our hotel’s concierge assured me that I could reach the cemetery easily on foot, so off I went.  Well, I technically reached the cemetery’s walls easily.  The getting in part was not so easy.

Walking along the wall, the first gate I came to was locked tight.  A little further along, I ran into a manned gate that marked the edge of the cemetery and a military installation (Fort Myer, which I didn’t know even existed).  Three guys manned the gate.

“Hey, can I get into the cemetery from here,” I asked.  “I just want to walk around.”

“Do you have an ID?”

“No,” I laughed.  “All I have is a hotel room key.  I don’t want to go onto the base, I just want to get into the cemetery.  I didn’t know it would be this hard.  Can I walk all the way around?”

“It’s a long way.”

“OK, well right down there, the stone wall to the cemetery is only waist high, can I just jump over it?”

At this point, one guard, an older guy, said, “You want to jump over the fence?”

“Well, I’m just trying to get inside the cemetery.”

A younger guard quickly added, “Only if I don’t see you …”  Now, he seemed to be smiling as he said this, but I also noticed that he was armed with an M-4 rile.

I could just imagine the headline.

“White Sox executive shot while breaking into Arlington National Cemetery.”

So I start walking.  And walking.  And I can now tell you there is no way into Arlington National Cemetery by foot from Arlington. 

Determined, at this point, not to be defeated, I went back to the nearest Metro Stop, hopped on the next train and entered Arlington Cemetery by the normal visitors route.

Stating the obvious, but a walk through Arlington is truly a moving and humbling experience, so many “Unknown” headstones from every war.

Today, I happened to pass the grave of Abner Doubleday (see photo below), long claimed as the “inventor” of baseball.

Yesterday, we had taken a tour of the Pentagon and one of our tour guides, Seaman Tom Williams of Oklahoma City, came to the game last night with several of his other guides.  Seaman Williams mentioned that he had spent a year as a member of the color guard at Arlington, serving in over 500 funerals.

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Braves Arrive

I ran into former White Sox hitting coach (and current Braves hitting coach) Greg Walker in the hotel lobby this morning.  The Braves are in town early before they begin a series with the Nationals tomorrow night.

 
Quote of the Day
 
Beckham on his injury: “It’s frustrating, but it is what it is. We’ll get the surgery done and I’ll work hard and get back. I’m not really worried about it.”
 
Play of the Day
 
Alex Rios went 2-4 with a double and RBI in last night’s 5-2 loss to the Nats. He owns an eight-game hitting streak, tied for the longest active streak in the American League, and has hit safely in his last 14 contests dating back to September 26, 2012. He ranks among the A.L. leaders in slugging percentage (3rd, .839), home runs (T3rd, 4), average (4th, .419), RBI (T8th, 8) and on-base percentage (T8th, .471).
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: Jose Quintana (0-0) for the Sox, Justin Masterton (2-0) for the Tribe.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that all eight Sox games this season have been decided by three runs or less?
 
Photo of the Day
 
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Happy Birthday! Alejandro De Aza celebrates No. 29 today.

 

A Win to Savor

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Today’s News
 
King Felix Dethroned
 
Facing “King Felix” Hernandez is never an easy task. But with a revamped lineup featuring five lefthanded hitters against the tough righty, the Sox rose to the occasion and defeated the 2010 Cy Young Award winner and the Mariners this afternoon, 4-3. Alex Rios delivered the big blow with a two-run homer in the sixth inning, his second blast in as many games. Conor Gillaspie, in his first start in a Sox uniform, tripled and scored on a Hector Gimenez sacrifice fly in the fifth. The fourth Sox run scored in the seventh on a Alejandro De Aza sac fly that scored Gillaspie, who followed up his key triple with a single and moved to third on an Alexei Ramirez double. 
 
Pitching-wise, starter Dylan Axelrod was outstanding in 5.2 innings of work, allowing only one unearned run on three hits. Donnie Veal (who got credit for the victory), Nate Jones and Jesse Crain ended the sixth, seventh and eighth innings, respectively, by inducing key outs. Addison Reed recorded his third save with a 1-2-3 ninth.
 
Take a look at the Rios homer:
 
 
The Windy City
 
While Spring arrived in the third inning today with temperatures reaching 65 degrees, the windy conditions were the closest you can get to San Francisco’s Candlestick Park.
 
A Cold Night
 
It was very cold last night, but not necessarily the coldest day anyone could remember around here.
 
“When I went out to the mound to get (Matt) Lindstrom last night,” Sox manager Robin Ventura laughed this morning, “I got out there and thought, “Man, it’s really cold out here.’”
 
But Ventura recalls a night game when the Sox faced Roger Clemens.
 
“It was like last night but even colder,” he said. “We sent the batboys out to buy tennis racquet grips for the bats.”
 
PK Climbing the Ladder
 
With his base hit last night, Paul Konerko moved past Frank Thomas into sole possession of third place on the all-time White Sox hit list with 2,137. Only Hall of Famers Luke Appling (2,749) and Nellie Fox (2,470) rank above Paulie.
 
The Third Man
 
Since most teams don’t carry a third catcher on their roster, one lucky position player is always designated as the team’s “third catcher” and spends time in spring training and during the season honing his emergency skills behind the plate. For the Sox this year, it is Gillaspie.
 
At one point in the 1990s, it was Robin…”for about 20 minutes,” the skipper joked.
 
Ventura described a game where the Sox started a man down. Ron Karkovice was on the DL and Mike “Spanky” LaValliere gave it a go but a few innings into the game, warned he might not make it nine innings.
 
A quick look up and down the bench showed few candidates. RV volunteered.
 
“A lefty was pitching, so I wasn’t playing that day,” he recounts. “I put on the gear and they drove me around the tunnel to the bullpen in a golf cart. I went out and Mark Salas gave me a quick tutorial on how to catch. So I’m down in the bullpen catching and apparently (Sox GM) Ron Schueler saw me. He called down and said, ‘Get him out of there.’”
 
And that’s how Robin’s career as an emergency catcher lasted 20 minutes.
 
I told him he should have put the equipment on and then make a dramatic run out to the bullpen.
 
1983
 
Beginning tomorrow, the White Sox will commemorate their 1983 American League West division championship by wearing ’83 replica uniforms for every Sunday home game. Those “Winning Ugly” Sox, managed by Tony LaRussa, won 99 games and finished the season 20 games ahead of the second-place Kansas City Royals.
 
Here are Reed and coach Harold Baines, one of the stars of that ’83 team, modeling the vintage unis along this year’s retro racers. They are “Racing Pudge” (Carlton Fisk), “Racing Harold” and “Racing Kitty” (Ron Kittle). Fisk and Kittle, of course, were also key cogs on the ’83 team with Gary, IN native Kittle winning the A.L. Rookie of the Year award.
 
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Familiar Voice
 
When you sit down tonight to watch the NCAA Final Four semifinal games, you might hear the familiar voice of White Sox PA announcer Gene Honda, who once again will miss a few Sox games this homestand to call another NCAA championship.
 
A Day to Remember
 
Today was pretty special for Sox backup catcher Hector Gimenez, a switch-hitter who was in the lineup today against Hernandez. His Dad was here from Venezuela and it was the first time the senior Gimenez saw his son play in the major leagues. Hector delivered with a key sac fly.

 

Happy Birthday
 
A happy 49th birthday to Ken Williams. A piece of the famous Levy carrot cake was delivered in the second inning to help him celebrate the occasion.
 
Quote(s) of the Day
 
Robin on Axelrod’s performance:
 
“Ax was great. He did what he needed to do to get us to that point, then Rios with a big homer. He showed he could pitch with anybody.”
 
RV on Gillaspie’s day:
 
“He looked good today. For Conor, he wants to be a storm chaser, it’s a perfect day for him…He’s a tough kid, plays hard and has a compact swing that has a lot of pop with it, too.”
 
Play of the Day
 
The Rios homer, but honorable mention goes to Gillaspie and Axelrod
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, WGN) in the rubber game of the series. Probable starters: Chris Sale for the Sox, Hisashi Iwakuma for Seattle.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that Jake Peavy, who will officially be presented with his 2012 Rawlings Gold Glove Award” before tomorrow’s series finale vs. the Mariners, is the third pitcher (sixth time) in White Sox history to win the award, joining lefthanders Jim Kaat (1974-75) and Mark Buehrle (2009-11).
 
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Dylan excels while “Blowin’ in the Wind.”

No Sweep, But Sox Take Series From Royals

Thursday, April 4, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
Sox Game Highlights
 
Gavin Floyd worked six innings, allowing just two earned runs, four hits and a walk along with five strikeouts in today’s 3-1 loss to the Royals, which followed Sox victories in the first two games of the season-opening series…Hector Santiago pitched three scoreless innings in relief…Alejandro De Aza singled in the lone Sox run in the fifth …Gordon Beckham was 4-4 with four singles…Tyler Flowers also reached base four times on a single, two walks and was hit by a pitch.
 
“Gavin pitched well enough to get the win today,” Robin said after the game. “He was aggressive and got first pitch strikes. To me, tip your hat to (K.C. starter Jeremy) Guthrie and what he did.”
 
Quote of the Day
 
Asked about the Sabermetric opposition to utilizing the sacrifice bunt and giving up outs in general, Robin said: “There are a lot of those guys out there, but they’re not sitting in this seat. It’s a different feel when you’re a player or a manager than it is to write down numbers on a piece of paper.”
 
The question came up in reference to Robin’s decision to have De Aza bunt two baserunners over with no outs in the seventh inning of Wednesday’s game. Robin said the decision wasn’t a no-brainer, but made sense in that De Aza is a good bunter and Jeff Keppinger, a good bat-handler, was the next hitter.
 
Play of the Day
 
Flowers and Beckham, the Sox’s eighth and ninth place hitters, reached base every time up–a total of eight plate appearances.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 .m., CT, WCIU). Probable starters are Jose Quintana for the Sox and Blake Beavan for Seattle.
 
Did You Know…
 
…that Flowers has joined Sherm Lollar (1958) as the only catchers in White Sox history to homer in each of the first two games of the season? Flowers also is the first Sox player since Paul Konerko in 2010 to homer in the first two games and the first major-league catcher to accomplish the feat since Atlanta’s Brian McCann in 2007.
 
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Beckham has a perfect day at the plate today against the Royals.

Close, But…

Thursday, February 28, 2013
 
Today’s News
 
No Victory This Time
 
The White Sox (3-1-2) dropped a close 4-3 decision to the Brewers today at Maryvale, their first loss of the spring. Gordon Beckham and Tyler Saladino each singled in a run, Josh Bell smashed a ninth inning solo homer and Alejandro De Aza collected two singles. Starter Scott Snodgress gave up a pair of runs, including a homer, on a pair of hits in three innings–in an outing that pleased Robin Ventura. Dylan Axelrod gave up a lone hit in two scoreless frames and Zach Stewart and Matt Lindstrom each blanked the Brewers in their one-inning stints.
 
Did My Eyes Deceive Me?
 
No, that was indeed Brent Morel who came in to play shortstop in the fifth inning.
 
“I grew up playing shortstop all my life, high school, college and played about 25 games at Charlotte, it’s fun to be out there again,” Morel said after the game. “My goal is still to play third base everyday, that has to be your mindset, but if they want me to play other positions in order for me to break camp on the 25-man roster, I’ll do anything for that.”
 
Not Bad, Not Bad at All
 
Heading into today’s game with the Brewers, the White Sox led the Cactus League in triples (six) and on-base percentage (.399), were second in average (.317 and slugging percentage (.532), third in runs scored (42) and RBI (40) and fourth in home runs (seven)…Sox pitchers ranked second in the CL opponents average (.238) and fourth in ERA (4.20)…Seth Loman was tied for second in the CL with six RBI, ranked third with a 1.000 slugging percentage and is tied for third with two homers.
 
Everybody Loves Minnie
 
White Sox legend Minnie Minoso was honored today by the Bronzeville Scholastic Institute, receiving its Lifetime Achievement Award. The students honored Minnie’s legacy by preparing an array of presentations exploring the African-American roots in Latino heritage, including the discrimination Afro-Latinos sometimes faced by being Black and speaking Spanish.
 
Quote of the Day
 
New bullpen coach Bobby Thigpen, who once held the single-season major league record for saves (57) as a member of the Sox, on the makeup of the bullpen: “Potentially we could have one of the best in baseball. I really believe that. We’ve got power arms and we’ve got a good mix of veterans and young guys.”
 
Play of the Day
 
Sox rightfielder Keenyn Walker nailed the Brewers’ Jonathan Lucroy at the plate for the third out of the fourth inning after Lucroy attempted to score from second on Caleb Gindl’s single.
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Cleveland at Goodyear (2:05 p.m., Chicago time). Chris Sale makes his first spring training start vs. the Indians’ Justin Masterson. 
 
Starting lineup: De Aza, cf; Beckham, 2b; Rios, rf; Dunn, 1b; Viciedo, rf; Gimenez, c; Morel, 3b; Jordan Danks, dh; Marcus Semien, ss.  
 
Did You Know…
 
that White Sox non-roster invitee Steve Tolleson, an infielder, is the son of former major league infielder Wayne, who played for the Sox (1986) during his10-year major league career.
 
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Minnie and Principal Leandra Khan of the Bronzeville Scholastic Institute.

Sox, Dodgers Tie as Dunn Goes Deep

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Today’s News


All knotted up after 9
While the White Sox enjoyed a blowout win yesterday, they engaged in a pitchers’ duel this afternoon as the game was called after nine innings with the score tied 2-2. Adam Dunn accounted for the pair of Sox runs with a two-run, opposite field homer off of the Dodgers’ Peter Moylan. Dewayne Wise and Alex Rios both tripled. Erik Johnson started for the Sox and gave up one run on four hits in three innings and struck out two.

Sox notes of note
How welcome was yesterday’s 9-0 whitewash of the Dodgers? It was the first victory for the Sox in a spring opener since 2004….Matt Thornton threw a 35-pitch bullpen session this morning under tough conditions (cold and windy) and reported no pain…Many clubhouse eyes were focused on the Daytona 500 before today’s game…As a result of the chilly weather Harold Baines said he was wearing everything in his locker except one light jacket–and he was considering putting that on.
Danks confident he’ll be ready and Peavy’s passion for the game
A couple of must-reads from Rick Morrissey of the Sun-Times and Scott Merkin of whitesox.com.

A brush with greatness
So it’s 35 minutes before our spring training opener on Saturday, and I am sitting in the White Sox dugout on the first base line waiting for pregame festivities to start.  Literally, I am the only one there and I am minding my own business.  The reason I am there, if you ask, is to help organize our team for on-field introductions at 12:52 p.m. … you know, simple stuff like Robin first, coaches and then starting lineup.

Out of the corner of my eye, I sense someone in a Dodgers uniform walking into the dugout.

“Is Robin here yet?’ he asks.

I turn an immediately recognize that it is Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax.  Behind him, I see lots of autograph seekers and hear people calling his name.

“Not yet,” I say.  “He’ll be here is a couple minutes.”

Mr. Koufax started to talk.  Fine by me. (editor’s note: I did meet Mr. Koufax one spring in Vero Beach, Florida, when I was a kid.  My dad and I were walking down a sidewalk in Dodgertown when here came Mr. Koufax walking toward us.  He was very pleasant but, of course, he doesn’t remember me.)

So of course I start small talk with Sandy Koufax.  I ask him how he’s doing (fine), where he’s staying down here (West Valley), where he lives (up and down the East Coast depending on the weather) and why in the world are “you guys” throwing Kershaw and Greinke at us this early in the spring … since there is a long way to go.

He laughed a little and then explained that he liked to go nine innings once or twice each spring so that he had dealt with the soreness issue before the season had even begun.  “I didn’t care about the first start,” he said.  “I was concerned with how I’d feel going into the second.  Back then, we didn’t have playoffs.”

You either won the pennant or you went home, he explained, so every start mattered.

After about 10 minutes, Robin showed up to a big smile and hug from Koufax.

“Back when I was with the Dodgers,” RV said, “we used to sneak off and play basketball with Sandy.”

(Sandy, by the way, went to the Universithy of Cincinnati on a hoops scholarship).

Basketball?  With Sandy Koufax?  That would have made him about 65 back then (Sandy, not Robin).

“Guy could play.”

Truth.

Another true story … maybe

Former White Sox pitcher Grady Hall was in camp on Saturday to say hello and he re-connected with former teammate Mark Parent.

“We played together in the Dominican one winter,” Hall said of the Sox bench coach.  “His nickname down there was ‘Grande Lama.’”

“Grande Lama,” I laughed, almost choking on my lunch.

“Nothing to do with the Dali Lama,” Hall corrected.  “It had to do with a sponsor and of course, he’s the Grande Lama.”

Quote of the Day

Coop on pitching: “Anytime you shut someone out, you’ve done something,” he said referring to yesterday’s win. “Every game no matter spring training or regular season, there are always going to be 10 balls hit hard. It’s what happens to those 10.”

Play of the Day

Dunn’s first homer of the spring.

Tomorrow’s Schedule
White Sox vs. Giants in Scottsdale (2:05 p.m., Chicago time). Starters are Hector Santiago for the Sox and Madison Bumgarner for San Francisco. Also scheduled to pitch for the South Siders are Addison Reed, Nate Jones, Donnie Veal, Jesse Crain, Matt Lindstrom, Andre Rienzo and Zach Stewart.
Starting lineup: Alejandro De Aza, cf; Brent Morel, 3b; Jeff Keppinger, dh; Paul Konerko, 1b; Dayan Viciedo, lf; Alexei Ramirez, ss; Jared Mitchell, rf; Tyler Flowers, c; Carlos Sanchez, 2b.

Did You Know…
…that Dewayne Wise, he of The Catch, celebrates No. 35 today? Happy Birthday!
Photo of the Day
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White Sox Legends Day was celebrated this afternoon at Camelback Ranch.  Pictured from l to rt. Rudy Law, Jerry Hairston, Sr., Steve Stone, Rich Dotson, Harold Baines, Ron Kittle, Floyd Bannister, Daryl Boston, Ron Karkovice, Bobby Thigpen and Robin Ventura
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